Alien 3 (or in the title style ALIEN³) is a 1992 American science fiction horror film directed by David Fincher and is the third film in the Alien franchise. The film was released on May 22, 1992. The film stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley from the first two Alien films and co-stars Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Lance Henriksen, and Paul McGann.
Ellen Ripley's escape pod crash-lands on a prison planet, where she not only has to deal with a Xenomorph on the prowl again but also a group of deranged inmates who inhabit the prison.
Why It Sucks
- The story is awful and boring, due to an unfinished script.
- It contradicts the ending of Aliens by featuring the deaths of beloved characters Newt and Hicks. Ripley, the protagonist, also commits suicide at the end just to kill a chestburster.
- Its scare factor is far below that of its predecessors.
- Predictable scary sequences.
- The quality of the movie suffers from a troubling development, especially regarding the script.
- Even David Fincher admitted he hated this film.
- False advertising: In the teaser, the announcer states that "on Earth, everyone can hear you scream" implying that it was going to take place on Earth, but as mentioned above, it was actually set on a prison planet, and the Alien would not come to Earth until Alien vs. Predator. This is due to the script not being finished by the time the trailer was made.
- Most of the new characters are either bland and boring or unlikeable and idiotic.
- Good special effects.
- The idea of a prison in space full of inmates affected by a fictional syndrome is pretty nifty.
- Elliot Goldenthal's score is rather good.
- The cinematography is good.
- The Assembly Cut on DVD tries to fix things, and is considered better by the fanbase.
- The jump scare involving the 20th Century Fox logo is legitimately terrifying.
The film received mixed reception from both critics and audiences alike, and currently holds a 46% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus stating: "Alien 3 takes admirable risks with franchise mythology, but far too few pay off in a thinly scripted sequel whose stylish visuals aren't enough to enliven a lack of genuine thrills."
Alien 3 opened up at #2 on it's opening weekend grossing $19,449,867 domestically. It would later make a domestic gross of $55,473,545. In overseas markets, it made $104,340,953. Overall, the film grossed $159,814,498 worldwide against its $50 million budget and was a box office disappointment.
- After the release of Aliens, Sigourney Weaver joined an anti-gun organization, and the original script had a big emphasis on weapons, so it was difficult to get her back. This is why the film is free of weapons.
- Pretty much everyone involved ended up hating this movie, David Fincher is the biggest example. He refuses to talk about it at all to this day, and his only comment about it since then is "No one hated (this film) more than me. To this day, no-one hates it more than me."
- Alien Lore on Alien vs. Predator Central